The Zender Crest
The Zender name developed in the 1500's as the use of Courts developed in Germany. The need for independent thinking on the part of jurors became a needed attribute to sit on a jury. Thus jury members, with professional standing, grew in importance and a jury person was called a "Zender".
1840's German Log Cabin
Johann Peter Schmitt, aka Schmidt aka Smith, Johann Zender, Rev. Henry Fortmann, and Peter Schmitt of Winnetkka (this is his house, he is the brother of Anna Maria Schmidt and brother-inlaw of John Zender) built these log cabins along "the Ridge" and north for their families between 1835 and 1845.
This log cabin was very common with the early Ridgeville residents on the sandy bluffs of Ridge Trail
Adam Zender's sister's wedding photo (1874)
According to Ginny Zender
"Adam Zender is the young man all the way on our left. The bride is his sister Maria." Maria would be 20, and Adam 18.
According to John Zender: "the groom is the skinny guy with the mustache John Keil, and the other husky guy in the middle,
is groom's brother Jacob Keil." Also: "the heavy guy Jacob Keil, (groom's brother) are listed as witnesses, not relatives to bride."
Adam Zender's brother John L Zender
Ceal and Lu
An odd find. From Ginny Zender:
"The woman is in no way connected to us. she happened to notice my name on Facebook and was going through her mom's mementos trying to find this item she remembered. she said her mom loved going there and besides plants would buy little glass animals.there's also a slight Donahoe coincidence. you might recall a picture of my mother's siblings standing on the steps of their pretty Rogers Park stone 2 story house. It's very near where this lady's mom lived. My mother loved that home and spoke of it often."
John (Johann) Zender Monument, St Boniface Cemetery Chicago
1St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery, Chicago (Clark St. & Irving Park), Cook, Illinois, US
Notes: St Boniface Cemetery was opened in 1863 on Chicago's north side at Clark and Lawrence. It was dedicated to serve the German Catholic Community and named after the Saint who died in Germany in 754 A.D., after 36 years as a missionary.
Johann Peter Schmidt (Smith) Monument Plate, including his wife Anna Maria Bruck
St. Henry's Catholic Cemetery, Ridgeville, then Evanston, now Chicago, Cook, Illinois, US
Notes: St. Henry's Catholic Cemetery was opened in 1863 at the corner of Ridge & Devon Avenues. The picture shown is of the 1st St Henry Church [Formed 1851] adjacent the Cemetery. Its lands was contributed by German farmers and was the primary German burial ground of its time. It resides just to the west of today's German Gothic Catholic Church (number 3), whose lofty spire dominates the skyline for miles around Rogers Park. Burials previous to 1863 were in the City Cemetery at North Avenue. 147 years of citizens rest here.